The Chicago White Sox are running away with the AL Central because they win on the road and they seem to win every close game.
The White Sox will look to continue their success away from U.S. Cellular Field when they resume their three-game series with the Detroit Tigers.
Chicago has a comfortable nine-game lead over Minnesota in the Central thanks in part to its AL-leading 24-12 road record. The White Sox, who are in the midst of a six-game trip that will end with three in Oakland, are also 21-8 in one-run games.
“That’s the way we’ve been playing all year,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said.
With the win, the owners of the best record in baseball snapped a two-game slide.
“This was a typical White Sox game,” Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. “They win the close ones.”
Detroit has lost two straight and four of its last five, and trails Chicago by 14 games.
The Tigers will try to get back on track Wednesday behind veteran starter Jason Johnson.
Johnson will be looking to bounce back from his worst outing in almost two months. The 31-year-old right-hander was roughed up for six runs—five earned — and nine hits over 5 2-3 innings in a 6-2 loss to Minnesota on Thursday.
Despite that effort, Johnson has been solid for Detroit this year, boasting a 2.89 ERA over his last 10 starts. He’s 5-6 in 15 starts overall, but has a respectable 3.35 ERA.